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Main witness at Boulevard murder trial completes testimony

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

The former policeman, who is the prosecution's main witness at the Boulevard murder trial, completed his testimony this afternoon after facing vigorous cross-examination for several days in the Home Circuit Court.


Assistant Superintendent Victor Barrett, Corporal Louie Lynch and Constable Paul Edwards are being tried for the murders of Kemar Walters and Oliver Duncan.

The Crown led evidence that the men were taken from a plaza along Washington Boulevard, St Andrew, on the afternoon of December 23, 2004 and have not been seen since.

It is further alleged that the men were taken away by three policemen including Constables Lynch and Edwards after they were found in possession of a stolen blue Honda CR-V.

Today, the witness denied several suggestions by defence lawyers that he was lying in court to save his own skin.

He said he was with the policemen when the men were handcuffed and taken away.

Assistant Superintendent Barrett is accused of covering up the incident after it was reported to him.

Queen's Counsel Churchill Neita, who is representing Barrett, suggested to the witness that he was lying when he said his client said he should not tell anyone about the incident.

The witness maintained that he was speaking the truth.

It was suggested to the witness that he was lying when he said Barrett dictated a statement to him as to what he should say in relation to the day of the incident but he said he was speaking the truth.

It was suggested to the witness that he was harbouring resentment against Barrett because he felt that he would help to be promoted in the Force.

However, he denied the suggestion, adding that he had no resentment against anyone.

The trial continues tomorrow.

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